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Pohatu penguins is a family owned business that offers 4WD safaris trip to the Largest Little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Conservation based tours include: -Evening penguin tours -Scenic nature safaris (2 or 4 hours) -Sea-kayaking with...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Where to begin, this place is paradise. So beautiful, we stopped so often to grab some pictures. We fed the sheep, got to see the cute baby blue penguins, sampled some of the best coffee and enjoyed the famous New Zealand Pies. So many wonderful...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank fogleman1
Reviewed 4 days ago

We took the sea kayaking tour with a lovely young guide from Czech Republic when our cruise ship docked in Akaroa. We were picked up in a van promptly at the Akaroa waterfront along with 6 others for our noon excursion. We had some photo...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sherstur
Kevin P, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for your lovely review about your Sea-Kayaking experience at Pohatu. We indeed have very professional guides that enable people to have a safe and enjoyable experience for anyone even with no or few experience in kayaking.Your guide was Viola...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This might have been the highlight of our trip. The family-run tour company also manages a penguin rehab facility. The tour was great (beautiful scenery) and our guide 'Avey' was delightful. The tour was personalized due to much of the tour running through the family's...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank grigg122019
Kevin P, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for your very kind review about your 4hr Scenic Nature tour with Ave and for recommending our tours. Ave will be delighted to hear your nice comment about her! All the best to you in your future travels :)...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous day with Kevin our conservationist and guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and engaged with the project to restore the colony of Little Blue Penguins on Flea Bay. The tour was so much more than expected with many scenic stops. We saw dolphins and a...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank IsobelWarnock
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank yo so very much for your kinds comments. It was a pleasure having you along and showing the area. We are very lucky to live in a place with stunning scenery and sharing it with people from all around the world is...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a truly memorable experience, not just for the penguins, but for the scenery, stories and impressive commitment of everyone involved. I went whilst on a road trip with my parents (60s and 70s) who enjoyed it as much as I did! We have...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Belle06
Kevin P, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your Evening Penguin tour with your guide Sue. We are so glad that you had a good time on the tour with your parents and that you found the experience...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting to meet such committed conservationists who had spent years protecting penguins from predators. Great trip, really enjoyed it

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank christinafreeman
Kevin P, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you for reviewing your trip with us at Pohatu. It's nice to hear you enjoyed your time :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked the overnight package, and had a wonderful time. The Bush walk down to Flea Bay is beautiful, with great opportunities to swim in pools under waterfalls. Flea Bay itself is a magical spot very peaceful, glorious beach, seals oystercatchers and shags on the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Dinah
Kevin P, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks guys, What a great review , Yip you were the first people to stay in the tree house accommodation, good test drive, up there with the birds. It might not be everybody's cup of tea but it is super fun to stay up there,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful tour. Highly informative, very well run and great to see penguins up close and see what great work the family is doing.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JulianD1593
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Julian, Thank you for your kind comments, it is always good to hear from past clients ^_^ All the best for the rest of your holidays. Kindly Kevin.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had booked a kayaking tour with the group - but the winds were very strong and kayaking was determined to be too dangerous- so we decided to do the land tour. What a fabulous undertaking!! Our guide Ben gave an overview of the history...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DLSM50
Kevin P, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you for your kind review, and sorry the Kayaking activity couldn't happen on that day because of the rough weather conditions. It sounds like you enjoyed the alternative of a land-based tour :) All the best to you guys,

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked this excursion while at the Christchurch i-site. The drive to Akaroa is about 1.5 hours and the agent did check to see that we were ok with driving back in the dark. What they didn’t tell us was that the roads were very...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ttm85
Kevin P, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, thanks you so much for taking the time to share your experience on your Evening Penguin tour. Nice of you for providing detailed information for future visitors. We are glad that you had a good experience. The sandflies (insects) can be a bit...More

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fay m
26 January 2018|
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Response from joyance | Reviewed this property |
They are really helpful, do email them if they can arrange something for you. It’s their private property where they help look after the penguins.
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Rumi A
9 January 2018|
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Response from RuthMiltonKeynesUK | Reviewed this property |
Yes I agree with the replies above
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hi there, Yes there is , We pick people up from the Akaroa main wharf on cruise ship days here, the tour starts from there with a scenic Drive over to pohatu penguin habitat, We have 2 land based tour options the 2 hour... More
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